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Old 03-28-2007, 12:07 AM   #1
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Read onto the second part of the story about the prop being stolen. I don't know about you guys, but the idea of bombs going off close enough to get water on my deck, I think a lost prop is the least of my concerns.

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Old 03-28-2007, 05:20 AM   #2
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He easily drew conclusions without any facts. Fact is if the bombs were going off close enough to kill someone in the water under his boat then his boat would have sunk. If the prop was "stolen" it could have been anyone....more likely someone who does not have the financial resources to buy one. If Sri Lanka can afford to set off bombs and run patrols they have the money to buy a prop. Next point is the props easily come off the shaft...so easy that there is a "lock" kit you can purchase to prevent theft. I could pull off ALL his props (both shafts) in 2 minutes, underwater, with the Volvo tool. I'm sure the UK government is laughing at this and probably so is Sri Lanka.

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Old 03-28-2007, 05:58 AM   #3
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I too am very doubtful about this incident. Firstly, as a rule no one would use bombs to kill divers. A handgranade is quite sufficient as even at quite a distance the pressure wave (remember water can not be compressed) causes bleeding in the ears and nose which would force a diver to the surface. Hand granades are quite cheap - bombs are not. In ports where "enemy" divers can be expected to operate hand granades are tossed att irregular intervals into the port. It is done completely at the will o' the wisp otherwise the "timing plan" could become known to the opposing forces. If a respite is needed to carry out underwater work then it is the period of respite which is promulgated. This would negate the arguement that the divers entered the boat prior to the next bomb going off as they would have no knowledge of an unexistant schedule.

I also agree with Trim 50. A bomb going off would have to be pretty close to get any water on deck. I am sure everyone has seen footage of deapth charges going off. They cause a bit of a splash in the proximity of the charge if set at a shalow deapth setting but if you are close enough to get water on deck then it is time to put the lifejackets on.

Another cause for doubting the report, although not concrete evidence, is that the report writer purports to be a British citizen and yet the speling throughout the report is in American manner, not British.

IMHO, this is not even a good sailor's yarn.

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Old 03-28-2007, 08:33 AM   #4
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I found several sites about this guy and his catamaran

On the noonsite he states:

"It happened exactly as is described in the sailing books."

This seems to be the basis for his adventures, and stories. Yes plural.

"They just appeared out of nowhere."

Poof! and there they were! Give me a break!

"At first they took a position ahead and parallel with diagonal angle towards us."

OK, which was it, parallel to, or at an angle to?

"Diagonal Angle." Redundant.

In one place his first pirate encounter occurred on February 9th, and in another it happened on the 8th. Ok, that could be a typo.

On: http://isokratia.wetpaint.com/

He says he is: Chris Neophytou, a Greek Cypriot business man who lived in London for 35 years.

On another site: http://www.isokratia.com/whois.php

He states: After 33 years in the UK, my business requirements caused me to move temporarily in the beautiful city of Sofia in Bulgaria.

Which was it, 33 or 35 years?

He states that he wished he had brought his shotguns. Why? He didn't need them.

In his several versions of his pirate encounters his "boat boys'" name changes from: "Jui the Thailand boat boy" to "Mr. Thewan Mittong".

And on and on.

It became apparent that he struggles with the English Language, regardless of the style. Granted, English is a difficult language.

He has a very nice cat:

http://www.isokratia.com/news1.php?cmd=list&id=105

He has some radical political views, and says so:

ISOKRATIA A new radical, daring but not extreme socio governing system replacing Democracy.

I doubt an Isokratia form of government will be established anywhere, anytime soon, if ever.

It appears that his pirate encounters are a figment of his imagination, an attempt at creative writing, with multiple "draft" versions, on various web sites, that embellish his Adventures as Sinbad the Sailor.
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I'm surprised that Diona adds this sort of thing to the Noonsite website.

I have had a look at this guy's website - nothing like a bit of "drama" to get visitors to read his "ideas".
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Old 03-28-2007, 11:04 AM   #6
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I think that the Sri Lankan Navy didn't search his boat when he noticed water on the floorboards as a result of his first report of "pirates" before he got there. I didn't give much credit to that report, either.

With regard to his speculation that divers jumped onto his boat, I'm surprised that nobody awoke if that had happened. Two men climbing in through an escape hatch? It's all been said before, so I just want to say that I will be disappointed if much credence is given to this report. There's already too much hysteria going on about pirates and how dangerous it is "out there".
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I can't say if his story about possible boarding was real or not - but guess if he had other passengers as he claims - it maybe unlikely he'd make the statements he has.

He's obviously got some sad ideas about what will happen if strangers boarded his vessel, but as its apparently never happened to him before, not sure how he knows!

And finally, as for claiming somewone stole his prop and basing that on the silly belief they never fall off, just shows the lack of true experience this chap has despite the miles he's covered.

I do know they fall off - as have been on board a yacht when its happened.

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Only to say that I hope I never have to get into a sailing boat with this guy.

Thanks for keeping this forum going on.

Anyone in or to Lisbon, can provide some assistance.

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Just out of interest, I was coming alongside in a port on the Swedish west coast in the early 80's in a passenger ship I commanded. I put the engine astern (bridge control but with a gear box) and nothing happened. The prop and tailshaft had come adrift from the main prop axel and "screwed itself" out of the stern. Only the rudder stopping the propeller hindered the entire asembly from heading for the deap.

I have never suspected navy divers of trying to purloin the tail shaft and prop. Maybe I should

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Which was it, 33 or 35 years?
You can find out on www.isokratia.com

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He has some radical political views, and says so:

ISOKRATIA A new radical, daring but not extreme socio governing system replacing Democracy.

I doubt an Isokratia form of government will be established anywhere, anytime soon, if ever.
But the idea is great don't you think
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But the idea is great don't you think
No! NOT worth reading about!! Is this your way of getting on to sailing forums to spread your crazy message? Pirates! Sabotage! Theft! Then politics? PAH!

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No! NOT worth reading about!! Is this your way of getting on to sailing forums to spread your crazy message? Pirates! Sabotage! Theft! Then politics? PAH!

I'm not spreading anything and btw the question was addressed to Harbor_Pilot not to you
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No! NOT worth reading about!! Is this your way of getting on to sailing forums to spread your crazy message? Pirates! Sabotage! Theft! Then politics? PAH!

There is no point in arguing with you! No one can make a point what he/she doesn't like in idea if he/she doesn't know what it is about!
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btw the question was addressed to Harbor_Pilot not to you
That is a bit rude, don't you think? This is a cruising forum, not a political soapbox. Government by the same? rather than government by the people? It does not belong on this forum.
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